Fritz Ernest Lehmberg, 87, a life-long resident of Mason, went to be with his Lord and Savior Friday, March 20, 2009. Fritz was born to Walter Carl and Lydia Jordan Lehmberg on April 22, 1921, the middle child of seven children.
On June 20, 1940, Fritz married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Billie Louise Splittgerber. Fritz and Billie began their married life together in their new home at Blue Mountain where they ranched and raised their three sons. In 1973, after 33 years on the ranch, he and Billie built a new home in Koocksville and moved into town. Fritz still continued to ranch, though, until he became disabled from an injury sustained while feeding his cattle in the summer of 1998.
Fritz was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws, William and Lillian Donop Splittgerber; his sister, Benellen Hofmann and her husband Kurt; his sister, Bernice Schmidt and her husband Roy; his brother, Walton Lehmberg and his wife LaBelle; his brother ,Victor Lehmberg; and sisters-in-law, Jean Lehmberg and Lou Lehmberg.
Survivors include his loving wife of 68 years, Billie; three sons: Larry and wife Ann, Randy and wife Brenda, and Brent and wife Tracy, all of Mason; nine grandchildren: Staci Mattlage and husband Mike of West, Texas; Bill Fritz Lehmberg and wife Heather of Marble Falls; Jim Lehmberg of Llano; Michelle Ceniceros and husband Raymond of Belton; Joe David Lehmberg and wife Laurie of New Braunfels; Belinda Finn and husband Sean of Mason; Vance Lehmberg, Lynn Ray Lehmberg and Jessee Heger, all of Mason; and great-grandchildren Garrett and Jordan Mattlage, Mathew and John Finn, Elleson Lehmberg, and Dylan and Alexis Ceniceros. He is also survived by two brothers: Roy Lehmberg and Rae Lehmberg, both of Mason; as well as by sisters-in-law Gloria Lehmberg and Evelyn Welsch and husband Kenneth; and brother-in-law, Tommy Splittgerber.
Fritz served on numerous boards and committees, both in the community and in his church. He was an elder at Grace Fellowship Church for many years until failing health prompted his resignation. Fritz took seriously God’s Word and tried to the best of his ability to live a life that glorified our Lord Jesus. He was always eager to share the Gospel with others. Countless lives have been blessed by Fritz’s faith and his obedience to God’s calling, most of all the lives of his children and grandchildren. His children and grandchildren cherish countless memories of Daddy/Grandpa/PaPa taking them fishing, hunting or teaching them how to ride a horse while at the same time teaching them by example how to be a person of integrity and virtue. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends, but we rejoice knowing that our husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend in Christ is now truly at home with the Father.
A celebration of Fritz’s life was held on Sunday, March 22 at 3:00 p.m. at the River of Life Church with Pastor Gary Davel officiating. Interment followed in the Gooch Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Mason Funeral Home.